Saturday, March 25th at Black Sheep: Starlorde, GRINN, Magma Diver, Nagasaki, Undone


We have a LOT of shows and events coming at us full force now that spring is here in Southtown. A lot of which we need to catch up on announcing! This show is happening coming up quick this Saturday- right after the “Get Connected” hip hop event takes place at Black Sheep from 2:00 to 6:00 pm that same day. This one’s a punk show starting at 7:00 pm that night. It will feature your local favorites- including the hardcore space act Starlorde. Stream Starlorde’s unstoppable four-track demo on the player below. We also have GRINN bringing more of that hardcore. Before them is a newer Central-Illinois based punk band called “Magma Diver.” Before them is school bus far bomb punk band Nagasaki. Opening things up we have a rare performance by the band Undone- who last took the Black Sheep stage before a UIS professor’s book release in January.

This show again will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Tonight at Cafe Andiamo: “Black Sheep Presents…” Bottom Bracket, Jason Paul, Tom Irwin, The Little Death


Well us trying karaoke night last night at Dumb Records was… interesting. Now it’s time to try our second different type of show this weekend and that is going to be one that we are setting up tonight at Cafe Andiamo downtown (204 S 6th Street). Come check out this all ages show happening at Andiamo tonight starting at 7:00 pm. Bands will be downstairs and coffee will be served upstairs. Tonight for the lineup we have Springfield emo project Bottom Bracket headlining the bill. We also have Jason Paul & The Know It Alls touring project on the bill from Los Angeles, California. Check out some of their music on the player below. Before them is Springfield music legend Tom Irwin playing a solo set, who also has a new album coming out soon called All That Love. Opening things up is a newer Springfield band called “The Little Death.”

All of this starts at Cafe Andiamo at 7:00 pm tonight. We will just be taking donations for the touring act. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at all of the normal Black Sheep shows coming up this spring.

Tours: Hospital Job (Europe)


We are excited to hear that Springfield’s own pop punk group Hospital Job will be heading overseas for the second time to Europe this spring! The band has a good number of dates planned in May in Europe. Check those out on the tour poster above or also below:

03.05 Lyon @ Ninkasi Kafé
04.05 Bern @ PlanetSpade
05.05 Estavayer le Lac @ Pub du Cerf
06.05 Zurich @ Obenuse Fest
07.05 Innsbruck @ Jelly Fish
08.05 Wien @ Kramladen
09.05 Graz @ Sub
10.05 Monteccio Maggiore @ Circolo la Mesa
11.05 Milan @ Spazio Lageria
12.05 Livorno @ Surfer Joe
13.05 Massa Carrara @ Bar Pepper

Hospital Job does not have any shows lined up in Springfield currently as far as we know. The band put out their third album Never Get Cold in 2015 and a 7″ split with Capitalist Kids late last year.

March 25th at Black Sheep: Kick-It Coalition Presents “Get Connected” Networking Event


Get ready for the next 217 hip hop event to take place in Southtown – it’s a “Get Connected” networking event being put on by Kick-It Coalition taking place next weekend, the afternoon of next Saturday, March 25th. There will also be a killer punk show happening at Black Sheep that night which we will tell you more about tomorrow. The hip hop event will be going from 2:00 to 6:00 pm inside Black Sheep. From the event description:

This event is designed for local/regional artists to connect with music industry professionals including Chicago’s Show MrMogul Case (CEO ofH3 Entertainment), St. Louis’ Dj Whobeta (Founder MWB $1,000 showcase series), DjJuice Ortiz (Nerve Djs/ Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes DJ) and more.

WIth live performances from OTF/ Def Jam RecordingsHypno Carlito and Dottie Staxx (2 million views on YouTube) this networking event will be#Lit!

#PerformanceSlotsAvailable every artist who signs up will receive a#TenBlogBlast from our blog sponsors, and every artist 21+ who performs will receive 1 ticket to the Young Dro, Da Twin Towerz & Hypno Carlito – We In The City Concert.

Check out some music from Dottie Staxx – one of the artists performing next Saturday below. Check out a facebook event for all of this right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep and Southtown this spring.

Karaoke Night Tonight at Dumb Records + Bleeding Gums and Cohete


It’s time to get that dusty old karaoke machine up and running (for the first time) at Dumb Records tonight because we are trying new things and hosting a karaoke night, oh boy! We are kicking things off tonight in the record store with two touring bands, and then getting into the karaoke. Those bands are Bleeding Gums and Cohete from Chicago- both bringing the rock n’ roll and punk. Check out Cohete’s brand new tour tape on the player embedded below. Then after that we are going to dive into the karaoke which will be on a projector screen in the store. Anything goes, and anyone is welcome to participate.

Tonight inside Dumb Records starts at 7:30 pm. We are asking for $3 for the touring acts. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up in Southtown this spring.

Pryss: “Sisyphus”


Today we bring you the second release from Springfield hardcore band Pryss, who are just now returning from a week long tour around “Everything Is Not Okay” Festival in Oklahoma City. Their newest release is a five-track cassette entitled Sisyphus which you can find streaming below. Cassettes are being released by Ooey Gooey Tapes and will be available inside Dumb Records soon. Check out the release streaming below. Also head over to the Ooey Gooey bandcamp page to purchase the release for $666.00.

Pryss do not have any shows currently lined up at Black Sheep, but stay tuned for more Pryss shows in the future.



The Illinois Times: “Radical Theater Pushes Boundaries”


We are excited to see more of our friends make it big to The Illinois Times once again- this time there is an article inside this week’s issue focusing on The Absurdist’s People Theatre – a newer DIY Theater Troupe based out of Springfield. Those of you may remember the theater troupe puttin gon a few performances of the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe” inside Black Sheep this past summer. They are now gearing up for their second round of performances for the play “Gem of the Ocean” by August Wilson to happen at some point later this year inside of Black Sheep.

Self-described by founder and director Alex Martin as “DIY rogue theater,” Springfield’s  Absurdist People’s Theater Troupe would like nothing more than to shake things up in Springfield. “I went to Blackburn College and did theater for four years,” Martin said. “When I came back here to my home community and looked around at the different theater projects that were happening, I noticed that there wasn’t much of the kind of theater I’m interested in happening in the local theater community.” Instead of passively waiting for Springfield’s theater scene to change, Martin decided to create her own company. “I want to show people that there are other kinds of theater out there, instead of just the same musicals, the same plays again and again. I’d like to do plays that haven’t ever been produced here, newer stuff by newer playwrights.”

Check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of this week’s Illinois Times inside Dumb Records or other local businesses. Stay tuned on date announcements for “Gem of The Ocean” performances inside Black Sheep.